In an interview with Fox News this weekend, former South Carolina congressman Trey Gowdy said he was scratching his head over the House Democrats’ opening arguments and their overall strategy to convict President Donald Trump of the charges of impeachment. In a conversation with Bret Baier, Gowdy said it was baffling to watching Rep. Adam Schiff stand up in front of the Senate and essentially argue that the American people cannot trust the outcome of the 2020 election.
On the third day of opening arguments, Schiff said: “We are here today to consider a much more grave matter, and that is an attempt to use the powers of the presidency to cheat in an election. For precisely this reason, the President’s misconduct cannot be decided at the ballot box—for we cannot be assured that the vote will be fairly won.”
This statement led Baier to ask Gowdy if it was up to lawmakers like Schiff to decide which matters could be left to the American people.
“Is the way that Adam Schiff said it, do voters never get to trust the vote and only lawmakers can decide what the line is, that a president can get kicked out of office for?” Baier asked.
“Yeah, Brett, Adam’s ordinarily not that stupid but when you tell the jury, the Senate, on one day that they’re corrupt and then you tell the American people they cannot be trusted to pick the commander in chief, that’s just a wildly stupid trial strategy,” Gowdy said.
Well, we strongly disagree, Trey. Adam Schiff is usually that stupid and then some.
But Gowdy is certainly right about Schiff’s stupidity in this particular instance, especially seeing as how Schiff himself was one of the Democrats howling the loudest when then-candidate Donald Trump was casting doubt on the integrity of our election system.
“It’s hard to believe the nominee of a major party won’t commit to accepting the election result,” Schiff tweeted in 2016. “Unfit for any office.”
Gowdy noted this in his critique of Schiff’s performance.
“Remember when Donald Trump, as a candidate, began to question the reliability of the vote?” Gowdy asked Baier. “Well Adam Schiff has done exactly the same thing: American people, we don’t trust you to factor this in in November, so we need a hundred senators to decide that. It is a wildly stupid trial strategy, only surpassed by Jerry Nadler’s insulting of the jury two days ago.”
Eh, we’ve pretty much come to the conclusion that Democrats have given up any hope whatsoever of actually winning this impeachment battle. The only point of this proceeding is to preach to the base, keep the media parroting the best portions of their case against Trump, and give Joe Biden a chance to win Iowa uncontested by holding Warren and Sanders hostage in the Senate. With every passing day, we become more convinced that McConnell should just call a vote and shut the whole thing down.